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Blue plates with fruit pudding, jug of custard, napkin with heather and a glass of Scotch Whisky.

Slow Cooker Scottish Cloutie Dumpling

Janice Pattie
A Cloutie Dumpling is a sweetened fruit pudding, boiled in a cloth (clout), the cloth is floured giving the pudding a 'skin', this one is easily made in the Slow Cooker.
4.25 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British, Scottish
Servings 8
Calories 378 kcal


  • Slow Cooker
  • weighing scales
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large saucepan
  • 1.1 litre (2 pint) pudding basin
  • small bowl
  • silicone bowl cover or parchment paper, foil and string


  • 350 g mixed dried fruit
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 220 ml water
  • 110 g butter
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 110 g plain flour
  • 110 g self-raising flour


  • Put the dried fruit, sugar, water, butter, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a pan and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.  Set aside until just warm.
  • Add the eggs a little at a time alternating with spoonfuls of the flour.  Mix well.

In a pudding basin

  • Grease the inside of the pudding basin with butter
  • Put a tablespoon of flour into the basin and move it aorund to coat the sides. Remove any excess flour.
  • Carefully spoon the mixture into the pudding basin.
  • Cover the bowl either with a reusable silicone bowl cover or with parchment paper and foil, pleated in the middle and tied around the bowl.
  • Place a trivet or a heatproof saucer in the base of your slow cooker, put the covered bowl on top of the trivet.
  • Slowly pour boiling water from the kettle until the water is about 2 inches up the side of the bowl.

Direct in the Slow Cooker

  • Line your Slow Cooker with baking parchment or a cake tin liner, fill the mixture into the lined slow cooker.


  • Cook on High for 2 1/4 hours.
  • Turn out onto a plate and dust with icing (confectioners) sugar, if liked.
  • Serve warm with custard.



Slow cookers do vary in timing, so it may take 15 minutes either side of this time.  If your cooker has a clear lid, you can see the change to the top of the dumpling as it bakes.  I did test this one with a skewer after 1 hour 45 minutes but the middle wasn't cooked.  Lifting the lid does increase baking time, so do keep an eye on this as it reaches the 2-hour mark.
Next day you can fry a slice of dumpling in butter and dust with caster sugar or fry along with your bacon and tattie scones and serve as part of a traditional Scottish breakfast.


Calories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 257mgPotassium: 341mgFiber: 5gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 403IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2mg
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